Master's Programme in Social-ecological resilience for sustainable development, 120 credits

About this education

The 2-year Master’s Programme Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development aims to enhance students’ knowledge of the complex interactions between social and ecological dynamics at different scales; particularly ecosystem management and governance in the context of change and uncertainty. Students are introduced to different research approaches and methods for studying coupled social and ecological systems. The aim is to provide students with insights into problem-driven transdisciplinary environmental research.

The Master’s programme consists of one year of courses, including the option of a traineeship, and one year spent doing a Master’s thesis. The four mandatory courses are designed with an emphasis on resilience, and define the challenges we face today and reflect on how resilience thinking can be applied to social-ecological systems to solve real-life problems.

The four compulsory courses are:

• Social-ecological systems: challenges and approaches

• Systems Theory and Resilience Thinking

• Governing and managing social-ecological systems

• Resilience reflections and applications

Students’ theses are mainly incorporated in on-going research projects and are all related to one of the research themes at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. We strongly encourage students to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.

We want to attract top international and Swedish students and ensure that they are embedded in the research life at the Centre. Integrating students, post docs and senior researchers is important to us as this provides professional role models, develops students’ practical research skills and builds important social networks… a process that can also be lots of fun!

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